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AES operates in accordance with all environmental laws and regulations. Our operating businesses, development and construction sites address biodiversity issues under the AES Environmental Management System (EMS) framework. We monitor and declare relevant biodiversity Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) including water monitoring and emissions.

In the UK & Ireland, we have made a significant commitment and contribution to protecting and enhancing biodiversity on our sites, and have been externally recognised as a company that sets an ambitious agenda for corporate biodiversity behaviours. Taking positive action in this area has sent a clear message to staff, customers and neighbours that AES takes responsibility for its impact locally. Our schools programme The Power of Energy in Nature, delivered with Ulster Wildlife, spreads this message to local school children and community groups.

Developing a world class corporate biodiversity programme

Our generating sites in Northern Ireland include biodiversity rich land holdings which we manage in an environmentally conscious manner, with the guidance of our charity partner Ulster Wildlife.

Following the discovery of endangered bee orchids at our Ballylumford Power Station, AES stepped up our actions to protect and enhance local wildlife within our grounds. We commissioned biodiversity audits of our sites and reports to outline the findings and recommendations for conserving and encouraging biodiversity, without compromising the safe and efficient management of the generating assets. We have taken steps to encourage Northern Ireland priority species including Irish hare, barn owl, sand martin, small heath and Real’s wood white butterflies, cowslip and of course, the bee orchid. 

These recommendations are implemented by the Ballylumford and Kilroot Power Stations’ Green Teams – groups of AES people who coordinate activities including wildflower planting, wildlife garden building, tree and hedgerow planting, building bat and bird boxes, and creating nature walks within the grounds.

The Green Teams have been supported in 2015/16 by the first AES Biodiversity Intern. This paid, full time graduate position is a year long commitment to drive corporate innovation in biodiversity on AES sites and in our local communities.

To celebrate ten years of partnership with Ulster Wildlife in September 2015, we published a pocket sized Wildlife Identification Guide. The ID Guide helps AES people and visitors to identify some of the morenotable plants and animals found at AES sites in Northern Ireland. In April 2016, the internship programme was extended for another year.

AES Wildlife Identification Guide